Her goal is to design trendy plus size garments!
Rachel Cutler is the Fashion Club President at Plano East Senior High School. She just got accepted into FIDM and will start this fall studying Fashion Design!
Admissions Advisor: Mark Thornhill (the coolest)
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am currently in the Advanced Fashion Design program at Plano East Senior High School, and I enjoy sewing, makeup photography, and making fashion lookbooks for fun! I also enjoy doing makeup and I have an Instagram dedicated to it.
What made FIDM right for you? FIDM has so many connections in the industry, and I love that they want you to get into your major and get a place in the industry immediately so you have a secure future in doing something you love. The location was awesome too—it’s really cool that the LA campus is in Downtown LA and so close to Hollywood so they have some exclusive opportunities.
Who has been your biggest supporter in guiding you to FIDM? Pretty much everyone around me—my mom, my favorite teachers, friends, and my Advanced Fashion Design class would be my cheerleaders. Even at one point when I was super stressed about the entry project, my friends sent me inspirational quotes every morning to motivate me to finish. One of my friends in my fashion design class even showed me this song in which a rapper was rapping about a girl “going to FIDM and cutting fabric” to pump me up the day of my interview since I was so nervous. The next day I went to school and told everyone I got accepted; everyone was so happy for me and one my favorite teachers and I even cried it out.
How did being in Fashion Club help you on your path to FIDM? When I was a sophomore, I first entered Fashion Club and at the time I had no idea I wanted to do fashion design as a career, and as my interest in Fashion Club increased, I realized I loved being a part of it, and that fashion design was important to me. It wasn’t until I was a junior that I became interested in it—when Kelly Blessing gave my fashion class a presentation about FIDM, then I was hooked. I kept asking the Fashion Club president at the time how the application process was, how she liked being president, her responsibilities, etc., and then tried to apply for the high school admissions.
What are your career goals? I want to help expand and design trendy plus size garments and help popular clothing stores make their apparel more inclusive of all shapes and sizes within their lines, and also eventually open my own size inclusive line one day with expanded plus and petite sizes. I especially want to work with teens/young adult streetwear companies similar to Forever 21 and H&M so that people my age have more trendy garments accessible to them in store. It can be difficult growing up, more so if you aren’t confident in your own skin, and fashion helps a lot with boosting it.
Any advice to other Fashion Club members who dream about going to FIDM? Just work hard. If you want it, you can get it, and that goes for anything. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and chase your dream, even if others deem it impossible. People say the fashion industry is “too risky” of a career choice, but if your heart is in it, you can most definitely do it. Just make sure you believe in yourself and make sure everything you’re doing is because you are passionate about it, and that it has a purpose.
Always make sure you have a support system to help you through whatever you do, especially life changing stuff like college. It doesn’t always have to be parents or family, it can be friends and teachers too! Sometimes it takes a village!
Follow FC President Rachel on Instagram @raycraftdesigns.